Job Seekers

What kinds of jobs do you offer?

Our clients hire us to fill a variety of positions at their locations including contract (temporary), contract-to-hire, and direct hire (permanent). Check out all of our jobs here.

How long is a typical contract assignment through your staffing firm?

Assignment lengths can vary and are completely dependent on what our clients need at the time. Some of our contracts are long-term and can last as long as a few years. Ask our Recruiting Team for more information on specific positions.

Will working with your firm help me get a permanent job?

Absolutely! Working with a VanderHouwen Recruiter can lead to permanent employment, and the potential for securing a permanent position is a major reason people seek temporary work. Take a look at our jobs (jobs link), or contact a Recruiter.

What are the advantages of contract work through VanderHouwen?

Contract (temporary) positions offer several benefits including the opportunity to enhance or maintain skills, build professional relationships to expand your network, increase diversity of work experience, and offer flexibility to take a break between assignments if desired.

Do you work with candidates who aren’t local to the job site but are willing to relocate?

Our Recruiters evaluate qualifications of candidates regardless of proximity to the job site to determine the best fit for the client. Check out our relocation resources for Portland and Seattle.

Do you offer benefits?

Yes, we offer benefits to our W2 contractors including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability options, and a matching 401k, should they meet the eligibility requirements and choose to enroll.

Who is my employer if I’m on a contract assignment, VanderHouwen, or VanderHouwen’s client?

VanderHouwen is your employer of record. We will manage your payroll, social security, state and federal unemployment taxes, employment records, and W-2’s, and HR needs. Should you need anything related to your employment with us, please contact HR@vanderhouwen.com.

Does it cost anything to find a job through your firm?

No, you do not have to pay any fees to work with our Recruiters. All fees are paid by our clients.

How do I connect with a Recruiter?

You can connect with a Recruiter several ways. You can: apply for a job on our website, send us your resume, email or call a Recruiter, or call any of our offices to learn more.


What services do you offer?

We offer contingent staffing services for your temporary staffing needs, as well as direct placement services for your full- and part-time openings.

What does it cost to hire your recruiting services?

Costs can vary depending on several factors (volume of open positions, level of recruitment difficulty for specialized skill sets, direct hire fees vs. contract/hourly fees, etc.). We offer highly reputable recruiting services for a competitive price. Contact an Account Manager to learn more.

Why should I work with your staffing firm?

Our team invests time learning about you, as a hiring decision-maker, and about your team, projects, work environment, and the specific roles you need to fill to meet your goals. Also, our Recruiters spend time to really know candidates as people, meet them in person around town or virtually, and understand their skills and personality, in order to confidently match them with your opportunity. Contact an Account Manager to learn more.

Could I just use my HR Department or Corporate Recruiter?

Sure! However, our firm can offer a deep reach into the candidate availability market for which your in-house staff may not have the time. Because we specialize in Recruitment delivery we can partner with you and your in-house team to build an effective strategy to fill your jobs with great people. Additionally, we have an extensive network of professionals we’ve developed through 30 years of business.

Do you offer benefits to contractors?

Yes, we offer benefits to our W2 contractors including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability options, and a matching 401k, should they meet the eligibility requirements and choose to enroll.

Do you offer payroll service if I find a candidate on my own?

Yes! If you have located a candidate on your own for a temporary project, we can manage the payroll process while they are on assignment.

How do I get started using your firm?

We would be happy to help you! Contact an Account Manager or call any of our offices.

Do you have the ability to run background checks and other pre-employment screenings for contract employees?

Yes, we offer a wide range of pre-employment screenings that can be customized to your needs including criminal background checks, drug screening, degree verification, and job-appropriate credit checks and health screenings.

What are my responsibilities to VanderHouwen’s contract employees?

Once a VanderHouwen contract employee is placed in your location, you are primarily responsible for the day-to-day supervision and the accuracy and quality of their work. Our team will conduct periodic performance checks with you or the department supervisor, whichever is preferred. If at any time you are not satisfied with the contract employee’s overall performance, please let us know immediately. We’ll partner with you to remedy the situation through counseling our employee, or securing a replacement if applicable.

Can I convert a VanderHouwen contract employee to my company as a full-time employee?

In the event your company or any of its subsidiaries, divisions, partners or affiliates is interested in hiring a VanderHouwen contract employee full-time, please notify your VanderHouwen Account Manager. The conversion will be free of charge provided a work-hours minimum is met. A separation fee will be charged if you would like to convert the employee sooner than the work-hours minimum.